Southern red oak has leaves typical of other red oaks: pointed lobes with prickle tips and relatively deep sinuses between the lobes. It is different from the others in two ways: the base of the leaf is rounded or bell-shaped, and the terminal lobe curves off to the side (is "falcate", hence the scientific name: Quercus falcata). Sometimes the terminal lobe is very narrow, long, and bent, giving the leaf a very distinctive look. The bark doesn't generally have the same "striped" look that is typical for the bark of northern red oak.
Southern red oak is relatively common in middle Tennessee, particularly in dry areas. This beautiful tree is Vanderbilt's only southern red oak and is one of the largest trees on the campus.
If you are taking the main campus tour, cross the parking lot of the nursing school to the tall, narrow tree at the right of the front door to continue to next tree.
This is the last tree on the Peabody tree tour. You can end the Peabody tour and return to Wesley Place Parking Garage by returning to the sidewalk along 21st Ave. S. and continuing along the street to the crosswalk at the corner of Edgehill Avenue which will take you back to the parking garage. If you came from the Lot 82 visitor parking, retrace your steps across the pedestrian bridge and take Edgehill Avenue back to the parking lot.